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xkcd: Map Projections

xkcd: Map Projections | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Geo-geek humor -- A cartoon strip on the projector in the 3 minutes before class can be a good thing.  I'm a Robinson. 

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Lisa Fonseca's comment, September 10, 2012 11:04 AM
Out of all these maps I found the Robinson, Van Der Grinten, and A globe to be my favorites. Out of the three I found the Robinson to be the best because is it almost similar to the cylindrical equal area projection. The middle areas are preserved but only the angles get distorted for a better view. I chose the globe projection too because if your trying to demonstrate the globe it doesn't just display all its continents, oceans, etc on one side. Therefore the globe gives the accurate idea of how certain features and land are represented on the actual globe.
Paige T's comment, September 10, 2012 11:05 AM
The Waterman Butterfly LOOKS really cool but seems like it is an over-complicated version of the Pierce Quincuncial (with Antartica shoved up into the "Atlantic Ocean"). Basically some of these just don't make sense. I would also have to go with the Goode Homolosine. It is the most accurate and even though it cuts through the oceans, you can still get a sense of the size and shape of the ocean. If you want to go for a boat ride, you'd be dumb to use this map anyways. The simile about the orange peel allows some perspective on this map projections also.
Jesse Gauthier's comment, September 10, 2012 11:06 AM
I feel the Robinson map is a closest representation of the world that is translated onto a 2-D map. All of the land masses and oceans look to be accurate without flattening the map completely and still having a curvature to it; which is more of a representation of the globe.
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